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In 2007 Judy Berdy, opened the Visitors Center. She used a kiosk that once marked the entrance to the Trolley Station people took to get over the Queensboro Bridge. Now the Roosevelt Island Historical Society's Visitor's Center welcomes 60,000 visitors a year! Berdy herself first visited the Island in 1966 when she worked in the dental clinic at Goldwater Hospital. She was immediately charmed by the Island and moved here eleven years later....

December 11, 2018

It was standing room only at the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library Thursday night, as Islanders braved below freezing temperatures to hear Stacy Horn talk about Damnation Island, her book that spans a particularly depressing 60-year period of Island history. The lecture was hosted by the the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

The book starts in 1839, with the founding of the New York City Lunatic Asylum (which was added to the Na...

November 19, 2018

HEY SUSAN!

I recently learned that you don't live on Roosevelt Island. Do you think that your investment in the community is at all compromised if you don't reside within it, or do you think that this is not the case? It baffles me that the President of the RIOC would be allowed to live off the Island. Thank you for explaining why this shouldn't matter.

SUSAN: Thanks for your question. I don’t think it matters that I live off Island. I believe that in a...

January 6, 2018

On December 16, standing in front of a bust of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, members of the Roosevelt Island Community Literary Associates (RICLA) handed a check for the remainder of the organization’s treasury – $3,700 – to Carlos Chavez, the new manager of the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library. The funds will help establish a new special collection dedicated to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt to be housed permanently at the li...

December 5, 2017

Just in time for tree trimming, the Roosevelt Island Historical Society has released a new holiday ornament celebrating Blackwell House.

The translucent acrylic sun catcher, which costs $10, is made by Maple Landmark in Vermont, and features an illustration of the historic home, which is currently under renovations and will eventually be open to the public. 

The ornament joins the Welcome Center's large collection of Roosevelt Islan...

December 5, 2017

After receiving mixed public reaction to the proposed installation of large, red R and I letters on the lawn in front of the Tramway plaza, an advisory committee of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) postponed its decision regarding the design and placement of the sculpture, and will, instead, try to gather views from residents on the matter. 

At the November 9 meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee, members argued the...

October 14, 2017

The fence has gone up, completely obscuring 220-year-old Blackwell House while the community awaits its makeover. What should we expect from the big reveal, projected in about ten months? 

The rotted wood on the porches will be replaced and the porches will be made ADA accessible. The interior refurbishment includes reinforcing the floors. Mike Russo, engineering consultant for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, said that the renovation will m...

October 13, 2017

Long before Cornell Tech’s campus stood at the southern end of Roosevelt Island, serving as a beacon for innovation and emerging technology, the site was a source for cutting-edge research of another type. Goldwater Memorial Hospital, the ten-acre facility that was torn down to make way for Cornell Tech, once housed a permanent research division that led pioneering studies in chronic diseases and, later, provided important resources for the U.S. gover...

October 5, 2017


Despite a scorching heat wave, Islanders came out to enjoy a day of art, exercise, dance, and music at the Fall for Arts Festival on September 23. Dozens of artists spent the day decorating large canvases in Southpoint Park and on the Rivercross lawn, while kids enjoyed bouncy houses, face painting, henna tattoos, and crafts. The stage at Southpoint featured performances by Island businesses and organizations, including Main Street Theatre...

August 27, 2017

Thousands of visitors step onto the Island every year. Isn't it time we gave them a place to pee?

August 26, 2017

Judy Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, lets us know we goofed. Let's set the record straight.

July 31, 2017

It’s a scene that plays out over and over again: A Tram lands on the Island and, slowly, small groups of riders separate from the flow of residents and workers to look around, consult a map, and then wander over to the small white building with a lit Open sign. They come in for directions, or advice, or a bit of history. Some come in asking where to grab a bite to eat and then  stay to peruse shelves stocked with Island-themed toys, accessories, and h...

June 24, 2017

Calls to step up policing are just another way of saying "Get Out."

April 9, 2017

Today, the role of antiseptics and good hygiene in preventing the spread of disease and infection is considered a cornerstone of medicine. And it’s often taken for granted that patients with severe or chronic injuries should receive physical rehabilitation. What’s less known is that both these practices, and several other medical advancements, originated on Roosevelt Island. 

In a March 22 lecture at the Carter Burden Network Senior Center, Roosevelt I...

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